How To Survive Shopping At A Makeup Counter | Meredith Ehler | Makeup Artist | Sterling, Virginia

Believe it or not, clients hire me to go with them them to department store makeup counters to buy makeup.  Some clients feel they need to bring me along with them as an advocate.  Come to find out, they were right to hire me.  I was shocked to see some the lack-luster talent and over-zealous treatment they received.  I am happy to say that my clients all survived and were very pleased with their end result.

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One client wanted to buy cosmetics from a very well known cosmetic line.  We went to the counter where we were greeted by an artist who asked how he could help us. I stepped up and explained what she was looking for.  My goal for my client was that she sit back, relax, and tell us if she liked what the artist was doing. Well, I was less than impressed with what he was doing.  The colors he had chosen weren’t flattering and he was not applying makeup that would give her the look she had asked for.  I was also disappointed by the quality of the makeup itself.  It was shocking because we were at a high-end department store, shopping at one of the most popular counters around.  I decided to intervene buy kindly, yet prematurely, wrapping up our time with the artist.  I was happy to do the dirty work so that my client could avoid a poorly applied face of makeup resulting in the the inevitable, uncomfortable, hard-sell.  We made our escape and headed to my favorite store.  The artist at this free-standing cosmetic store is someone I work with often.  She and I pulled together the products perfect for her and she was happy with her new look.

I was happy that I was able to step in as an advocate for my client.  I was able to discern that the first counter was offering less than stellar service and got her out before she received an unflattering makeup jo (which she would be wearing back to her office that day), and got her to a place where she would be well served.  At the end she looked beautiful, and I was happy I could help get her the look she truly wanted.  -Meredith

Closet Makeover Services | Meredith Ehler | Image Consultant | Fairfax County, VA

Can you use a closet makeover?  If you answered “Yes!” you are not alone.  I recently received a comment on this very blog from a woman named Jill.  She was inquiring about my closet services and hoped to have me out to her home to organize her closet.  After exchanging a few emails we scheduled an appointment and I met her at her house.  We got right to work.

my closet.

my closet.

Jill has a great sense of style and knows what colors and styles look great on her so we didn’t spend too much time on those topics.  We spent most of our time analyzing the clothes she has and loves, discussing their condition and new ways to wear them.  Some clothing got sent to a “dry clean” pile because I may have detected a spot or stain.  Some got sent to a “charity” pile.  These items were ones that she no longer is enjoying yet they still have life left in them.  That way she can bless someone less fortunate with her still-wearable clothes.

The clothes we were left with were those that she still enjoys wearing and that still look great on her.  We organized them in a logical way in her closet.  I recommend hanging items in “like groups”.  I put her tanks and blouses together in order of sleeve legnth, color, and whether it’s for work or play.  We started on one end with tanks, then short sleeves, then long.  We hung her “work only” clothing in one area.  As some shirts could be work on both occasions, those were hung with her everyday shirts.  The end goal is that when she is getting dressed she can ignore the “work only” clothing and go straight to the everyday clothing.

We stored out of season clothing in a corner of the closet so that the first clothes she sees are those that she will wear most often.  She had a great hanging accessory organizer.  We purged that as well as a shoe bin.

My goal is always to leave my clients with a new happy place…their newly organized closet.  My wish is that each morning their closet greets them like a new best friend waiting to meet them for coffee.  I want getting dressed to be effortless and accessorizing a breeze.

I just heard from Jill and she is enjoying her new closet.  She said she enjoyed having me and may have me back as the season’s change to do the same thing to her winter wardrobe.  Did I mention she is smart too?  -Meredith